Monthly Archives: April 2017

NEW Nationally Syndicated Op Ed: School Vouchers Aren’t the Answer

President Donald Trump has proposed cutting after-school programs for young children as well as grants and federal work-study programs for college students. But his most significant attack on public education may be his pledge to spend $20 billion on market-based school choice, including charter schools and vouchers. Conventional voucher policies now exist in 16 states. Taxpayers in those states help

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Say Hello! @ AERA San Antonio #AERA17

  AERA starts today! If you are interested in education, attending the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference each year is a must! The conference begins April 27 and goes until May 1. What is AERA? From the website: The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to

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Eight Questions Betsy DeVos Won’t Get Right about School Vouchers #AERA17

We’re in a watershed moment for public education. Donald Trump has committed to spending $20 billion on market-based school choice, including charter schools and vouchers. He’s also proposed cutting afterschool programs, as well as college grants and federal work study programs for college students. But the most significant move away from public education our country is making right now is

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Familias deben tener cuidado con la elección de la escuela (school choice) “panacea”

Los ricos han invertido millones de dólares en causas de “school choice” (elección escolar),  durante la última década. Bajo el mantra de los derechos civiles, los multimillonarios como Eli Broad, Bill Gates, los hermanos Koch y el poderoso grupo de presión financiado por corporaciones, el American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) están usando la filantropía y el proceso político para presionar

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School Choice Spread in The Avocado

Check out the new school choice spread in The Avocado! The Avocado is a monthly newsletter focused on “educating, uniting, and motivating through an open discussion of relevant political and social issues.” I was honored to be interviewed for Issue 3 (April 7, 2017) which takes on education and school choice. In your opinion, what is the biggest issue the American public school system

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Folsom Prison Graduation Address (No Blues or Jeans)

Last Friday, I was honored to give a graduation address at Folsom Prison. Folsom State Prison (FSP) is a California State Prison in Folsom, California, U.S., approximately 20 mi (30 km) northeast of the state capital of Sacramento… It opened 137 years ago in 1880, Folsom is the state’s second-oldest prison..  Folsom was also one of the first maximum security prisons, and as such witnessed the execution of 93 condemned prisoners over a

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Tell your California representative to support AB 1478

Should charters have open meetings? Should their data and information be readily available to the public? Should operators of non-profit charters be able to profit from their schools? If you your answers to these questions are Yes, Yes, and No. Then join in demanding charter transparency and accountability. With AB 1478 we have a legislative opportunity to give charter supporters the

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